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Inclusivity in Ontario schools - the missing piece of the puzzle

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Recently there has been much discussion in the news regarding inclusivity and equity in education. Yesterday the Toronto Star published an editorial related to this topic (read it here). Education Minister Laurel Broten was quoted in this editorial and a related article as saying “A little person...

How do you feel about the Healthy Schools Recognition Program?

Friday, July 6, 2012
The Ontario government is looking for feedback in its Healthy Schools Recognition Program! Have your say - read the following information from the Ministry and fill out the survey at the link below. "The Healthy Schools Recognition Program (HSRP) was launched in December 2006 and challenges every...

H&PE is Key to Preventing Illness and Chronic Disease

Monday, March 26, 2012
It seems that investment in health promotion and chronic disease prevention is top-of-mind in the province of Ontario, with various organizations publishing reports and recommendations for change in our healthcare system. Over the past year, the Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA)...

Putting Safety First: Ophea’s Reaction to the Education Amendment Act (Concussions), 2012

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Ophea fully supports the Ontario government in their commitment to increase awareness of head injuries and concussions in the school environment, and to require school boards to have policies in place to address these incidents as they occur. The Education Amendment Act (Concussions) further...

How much is your health worth?

Thursday, January 26, 2012
Have you ever asked yourself this question? The saying that 'our health is our wealth' is one that many people take to heart, and in Ontario a movement is growing to support increased funding for health promotion. Ontario is facing an urgent health care crisis. But the real tragedy is that it’s...

OASPHE Newsletter

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Did you know that Ophea is one of Ontario's two subject associations for health and physical education? The Ontario Association for the Supervision of Physical and Health Education is the other, and they have recently released a new newsletter. Read it here, or learn more at

Are you ready for some new inspiration?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
This year, Ophea and PARC are doing something different, and moving the PARC Symposium! We're looking forward to offering new learning opportunities and new inspiration to get people moving across Ontario. The annual PARC Physical Activity Symposium covers a range of physical activity issues,...

Positive impact of physical activity in schools

Monday, January 2, 2012
Last week the Toronto Star published an update on a school they profiled in May 2011. Regency Acres Public School in Markham, Ontario was just wrapping up the school year, and one of the teachers there had implemented a program in a few classrooms to increase physical activity and measure the...

Teaching children respect and inclusivity

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Recently the Ontario government introduced legislation which would provide a strong anti-bullying message to children and youth across the province. This week, a group of individuals denounced this piece of legislation - claiming that it was a front for a means of indoctrinating children with a...

The Mental Health Commission of Canada seeks input from Canadian schools on student mental health needs

Friday, December 2, 2011
This message just came in to Ophea this afternoon. If your school has not participated in the survey, or if you are not sure, read on to find out more. The Mental Health Commission of Canada is asking every school in Canada to participate in a survey about school-based mental health and substance...